When it comes to my style, I’m just making it up as I go along. I’d argue that we all are! In fashion, the rules are set by others. In style, you’re in complete control of a look.
While I’m happy to be sporting a teal bow belt from Emily, this outfit was actually created around my peplum sleeveless top! In this post, I’d love to share with you one of my personal “rules” for getting dressed that tricks others into thinking that I know what I’m doing, in terms of clothes.
This top is my favorite kind of thing to style because it’s just so vibrant. It also has a bunch of colors that can help me put together an outfit. That’s where my trick comes in – you can just pull colors from a multicolored top and it’s almost a cinch that everything you wear with it will match.
By default, I think a lot of us just want to wear basic colors and call it a day. While I did do that by pairing my top with black jeans, I wanted the rest of the outfit to be fun.
This top has hues of blue and pink so I added my pepto pink jacket, Emily’s teal bow belt, a ridiculous cocktail ring (I don’t even know where it came from!) and matching teal shoes. Voila, it looks like I knew what I was doing when really all I did was match the colors of my outfit to my top. It’s elementary!
Outfit details: Jeans, Old Navy – Floral peplum top, ring, and pink jacket, thrifted – Teal shoes, outlet store – Teal belt, from Emily
So did I trick you? What tips or “tricks” do you use to put together an outfit? Let us know down in the comments. Sharing is caring, after all. ;)
If you thought a blanket scarf was only for winter, think again! Today I’m going to show you how to get away with wearing a blanket scarf in the summer without overheating.
The scarf I’m using in my example is a lightweight patterned blanket scarf that I borrowed from Emily. (Fun fact: she previously explained how to wear a traditional blanket scarf in the winter. Worth a read!)
I was stoked to get my hands on this scarf during the time that I rocked lavender hair. It was a perfect match and made coming up with an outfit really easy!
Wearing a scarf in the summer seems a bit impractical but I imagined wearing it on a cool night for a dressy event.
To begin, I pulled pieces from my closet that were breezy basics. This lace crop top is in heavy rotation, while the cognac colored skirt is a good balance because it’s on the heavier side, as far as fabric goes.
My finishing piece was the blanket scarf that I draped like a shawl. Best of all? You can remove it and it wouldn’t change the structure of the outfit and you’d still look put together.
Outfit details: Skirt, thrifted – T-strap heels, outlet store – Lace top, Target – Necklace, gift – Scarf, from Emily
If you’re still looking for another way to get use of your wintry blanket scarf this summer, consider using it as a blanket for a picnic in the park. It’s not fashion but it is functional!
Hope you’re all having a super awesome summer!
Believe it or not, this is not a hat on my head! What this actually is, is a nifty style of headwear that’s a hat attached to a headband. Noelle graciously lent it to me to style and boy did I have fun!
I wore this outfit during my purple hair days in the winter but I’d like to think it can transcend seasons. That’s what’s so good about vintage.. among a million other things.
I’ve worn this dress before in an outfit that was also a nod to the past so I guess it’s just getting typecasted. And if you’re confused about my dress looking like a top and skirt, well, it’s just another illusion in my outfit.
To style it this time around I added a shrunken navy colored cardigan and the cutest feminine spectator shoes. To me, it feels like a way to wear vintage everyday without being over the top or in your face. In fact, if I removed this hat, you probably would mistake this outfit for something modern! (None of it’s actually vintage, so there’s another fun fact about this look.)
Outfit details: Dress, thrifted – Cardigan & necklace, gifts – Shoes, outlet store – Headband, from Noelle
I’m so glad I got to take this headband/hat for a whirl. My head is actually too small to fit traditional hats so this technology is kind of blowing my mind. Just in case any of you have a hard to fit noggin, definitely try to track something like this down!
Thanks, Noelle, for sending this beauty along and challenging me to add a little bit of glamour to my everyday outfits. :)
Thank you for taking a break from your Memorial Day festivities to see what we’re up to! Today we’re going to share with you a round-up of outfits featuring denim, as worn by the members of Shaped By Style. From vintage inspired to modern romantic, we’ve got them all!
Noelle takes the cake for the sweetest outfit of the bunch. Her “Candy Shop” series included this look with high waisted denim shorts and a colorful top to sweeten things up. To get treated to more of this outfit, click here to visit The Classy Junk blog.
If modern romance is your thing, then Lyndsey has the outfit for you. She balanced out her basic dark wash jeans with a flirty floral top and then made our hearts melt by featuring her sweet pup in her photos. Gush over this outfit on Lyndsey’s blog by clicking here.
If anyone can take a vintage aesthetic and make it work with modern pieces, Kristina can! She’s all vintage bombshell on top and ’50s greaser on the bottom. Overall, this is one happenin’ look, daddi-o! Get the deets of this outfit on Eccentric Owl by clicking here.
If you think denim only comes in the form of pants, think again! Emily shows us that denim can be made into anything, even a dress. While this wasn’t one of Emily’s sewing creations, this outfit does have her personal touch with details like a wide black belt and nude wedges. Do yourself a favor and view this look in it’s full form on Emily’s blog, Breads and Roses Vintage.
As for me, I took double denim to a whole new level when I rolled out my “Fashion Flashback” series. My outfit was copied straight from the pages of a 1970’s magazine. The only change from then and now is my far out hair color. If you’d like to see more of this look, click here to go back in time on The Outfit Repeater.
What’s your favorite denim outfit inspiration? We’d love to know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and have a great start to your summer!
If there’s something a tulle skirt doesn’t match, I have yet to find it. Neither has Kristina, who let me take her tulle skirt for a spin.
Let me just say, I absolutely adore it! A tulle skirt is now on my own thrifting wish list and here’s why:
- It’s perfect. ‘Nuff said.
But really, I had so much fun dressing up in this skirt. I styled it a few different ways but this was my favorite because it was the outfit I wore for my 25th birthday back in March.
Despite not having taken a ballet lesson since the age of 4, something about this skirt brought it all back to me. I was definitely twirling all day and I think this skirt is the culprit. (Or it was all the cake and ice-cream I was hopped up on!)
But because I’m a grown-up now, I wanted to style this skirt in a grown-up way. I went with a striped crop top, colorful shoes, and my trusty denim jacket decked out in vintage buttons. This girly-girl meets tomboy look is killin’ me!
Outfit details: Skirt, borrowed from Kristina – Everything else, thrifted
If you’re on the fence about buying a tulle skirt, just scroll through this blog post again and tell yourself to just go do it.
Be sure to check out Kristina’s blog because she’s styled this skirt a plethora of ways. There’s so much inspiration to be had!
We’re all styling stripes this month on the blog and I couldn’t be more thrilled.
Stripes are one of my favorite patterns to wear and mixing patterns together is one of my favorite things to do! I may have went a bit overboard by wearing two different stripe patterns together but can you blame me? The results are pretty fantastic!
I’m slowly accepting the fact that I not only gravitate towards clothing from the ’80s, but I also tend to grab edgy and statement-making pieces.
My style is evolving and I’m getting more and more comfortable with my personal style. Which is a good thing because my hair is drawing more attention to me lately after I dyed it green!
So for this pattern mixing look, I added an edgy piece via this lace moto jacket, and my statement-making piece is this necklace made of flower bits & bobs. I brought colors into the look with my pink lipstick and teal shoes. Because when in doubt, match your shoes to your hair, right?
Outfit details: Thrifted top & purse – ASOS skirt – Monroe and Main jacket – Walmart necklace – Outlet store shoes
If you want to join us this month and wear your OWN striped skirt (or dress; hey, we don’t mind some variation!) please comment with your post link, tag our Facebook Page, Twitter, or Instagram (all@Shapedbystyle) or use the hashtag #shapedbystripes to show us what you wore! We want to round up all the gorgeous ladies who join us to share their own striped garments and showcase your beautiful selves at the end of the month in a round up post! And if you write a blog post, be sure to copy+paste this banner into your post!
I hadn’t realized sooner that I would be posting on St. Patrick’s Day so please excuse my lack of green in this outfit post. I really do love dressing for a theme but I guess I had poor foresight today!
My outfit is not completely void of green because there are some green leafs hiding among the flowers and wild animals.
This midi skirt was borrowed from Kristina and it is right up my alley!
The pattern is really playful because of the flowers and leopards chillin’ next to one another in perfect harmony. Where else are you going to see that except on a wild ’80s print skirt? (Well… maybe in a National Geographic magazine but let’s just focus on the fashion world!)
Since it was already over the top I figured why not keep going up? I added leopard print flats, a striped tee, and my lace moto jacket that’s practically been worn to death. One could not call this outfit boring!
Outfit details: Kristina’s skirt – Walmart flats – Sear’s striped shirt – Monroe and Main lace moto jacket – Thrifted bracelets
Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here’s hoping you’re wearing more green than me to avoid the pinches of pesky friends, family, and leprechauns. ;)
If you look closely beneath my hat, you’ll notice a hint of a new purple hair color. That’s not the only thing different about this post!
Both pieces that I’m wearing are up for grabs but I’m the first (er, only?) person to wear them. This dress is a long standing favorite in my closet but this floral coverup is new-to-me.
I went in a completely different direction when styling this outfit and dipped into hippie territory. This coverup just has such a relaxed vibe to it that it felt wrong to pair it with something structured. Though, I’ll probably still try it in the future. ;)
This coverup has the most incredible mix of patterns on it so I went ahead and threw on another pattern via this striped dress. Hey, life’s too short not to wear all the things.
I rounded out the whole outfit with some familiar accessories like my favorite pork pie hat, a couple oversized black necklaces, and my trusty gray knee-high boots.
Outfit details – Dress & cover-up, thrifted – Boots, Payless – Hat, ASOS – Tights, Wal-Mart – Necklaces, thrifted/gift
It may be a lot of look but it’s fun trying out different styles and new things. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?
There is no “How They Wore It” because I’m the first. Looking forward to others styling these pieces in the future. Stay tuned!
How about a little fashion math on this Monday morning? One floral dress + one matching long sleeved top = a whole new dress.
Kristina might be surprised to see that her sleeveless summer frock grew arms since the last time I wore it! Where did they come from?? It’s actually a funny story.
Kristina posted privately on Facebook about thrifting this homemade dress, which then Emily and I (yeah, we’re all friends outside of the blog) chimed in with our own stories of owning something in a similar floral pattern. After taking a few comparison snapshots of my clothes, I found out my floral was an exact match! (My other floral garment is a vest but I think it would be overkill with this outfit, right?)
Of course I had to bring the pieces together to create an outfit because I’m just that kind of person.
I wore my floral top under the dress because it had this really great ruffle that complimented the neckline of the dress perfectly. It looked like straight up Little House On The Prairie so I tried to get away from that by creating a boho-inspired outfit. (Or maybe it’s not? Boho is so blurry to me.)
I was really feeling the vest, boots, and even the slouchy hat when I looked at the final outfit. Some dancing may have occurred because I was so excited at how it all came together…
And for any worry-warts out there who are concerned about the wellbeing of fashion bloggers – yes, I wore a coat before and after pictures, and yes I’m wearing skin colored tights. Though you’re welcome to believe I just have super pasty legs in the winter. I embrace my pale!
Outfit details: Kristina’s dress – thrifted blouse, vest, and belt – old K-Mart boot – Dollar Tree hat
So I didn’t test the waters of print mixing with this dress but I’d say I did even better.
What are the odds of two similarity patterned retro threads, thousands of miles apart, finding each other and making an awesome outfit? If that’s not fate then I don’t know what is!
If wearing floral in the winter is wrong, then I don’t want to be right! But where is the actual floral dress that I borrowed from Kristina? Oh, it’s in this post; I just did a little trick to style it as a skirt.
Of course I’m sharing my tips & tricks to help you transform your clothes on the fly!
This post might have a familiar feeling to it and I can see why.
We all seem to be taking notes from one another because this outfit is very much in the vein of Emily’s post on wearing a summer dress in the winter, and Lyndsey’s post about restyling a dress. This post is like the best of both worlds!
Kristina previously styled this dressed with stripes and as much as I too wanted to print mix with it, I also wanted to do something completely different. This is definitely different!
The dress is shapeless, which is not a bad thing since it’s nice to lounge in, but for me I wanted to shape it up a little. First I belted it, then I tugged it up a little bit to make it a different length, and lastly I added one of my coziest sweaters to hide my work. It’s like a whole new garment for free, without any damage and in under a minute.
This makes me wonder how many other clothes in my closet are in need a 60-second makeover…
Outfit details: Skirt/dress, from Kristina – Sweater & jacket, thrifted – Tights & necklace, Walmart – Boots, Target
I wouldn’t doubt if you see this dress one more time from me with some print mixing. I found out that I have two – count ’em two – items in my closet that have this exact same floral print. It’s matchy-matchy to the extreme!